fatality

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From French fatalité. equivalent to fatal +‎ -ity.

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fatality (plural fatalities)

  1. The state proceeding from destiny; invincible necessity, superior to, and independent of, free and rational control. [from 17th c.]
  2. Tendency to death, destruction or danger, as if by decree of fate. [from 17th c.]
  3. That which is decreed by fate or which is fatal; a fatal event. [from 18th c.]
    • 1851, Wilkie Collins, The Twin Sisters
      What can I say, or think of this most terrible of fatalities?
  4. Death.
  5. An accident that causes death. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011, David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, page 13:
      the whole thing felt like being in a near traffic fatality avoided by inches and later not being able to think of the whole thing lest you begin shaking...
  6. A person killed.
  7. (video games) A move where one character kills another.

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